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Nova Scotia offers opportunity for students to attend National Skills competition


May 10, 2016 – Nova Scotia secondary students with an interest in learning more about careers in skilled trades and technology will be able to attend next month’s Skills Canada National Competition in Moncton, N.B. The province is providing funding to Skills Canada-Nova Scotia to cover transportation and substitute costs for teachers to accompany them so students are able to attend the competition. The deadline to apply for funding is May 13.

“Students will be able to observe the skills competition, participate in hands-on activities and explore careers through STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics),” said education and early childhood development minister Karen Casey. “These are key priorities of the Nova Scotia Action Plan for Education.”

Katie Lemoine, a Grade 10 student at Cole Harbour District High School, competed in the provincial electrical installations competition this year. Although she did not qualify as a member of Team Nova Scotia, she will now be able to attend the national competition and take part in the many activities open to visiting students.

“Becoming an electrician is a profession I want to pursue,” said Lemoine. “This opportunity will help me prepare for next year while learning more about career options. I am determined to work hard, come back again, and win.”

Courtney Gouthro, executive director, Skills Canada–Nova Scotia, said the funding means that more Nova Scotia youth will have the opportunity to gain exposure to skilled trades and technologies.

“This will be an educational, fun-filled, and interactive event that will inspire visiting students to consider career options and help them make informed career decisions,” said Gouthro.

This announcement comes just a few days after the province said it is investing $1 million to support coding in schools this year. As part of Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for Education, coding promotes problem solving, teamwork, critical thinking and innovation.

Casey extended best wishes to the members of Team Nova Scotia and participating students as they head to the 2016 Skills Canada National Competition. The Skills Canada National Competition is the only national, multi-trade and technology competition for students and apprentices in Canada. More than 550 youth from across Canada will participate in the competition, June 6-7, in 40+ skilled trade and technology contest areas.